Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sea Spray

A few weeks ago, I saw a blog post about a paint additive called Sea Spray and thought I would like to try it out.

I could not find a distributor in my area so I got brave and emailed Dixie Belle Paint Company and asked them if they would send me some Sea Spray to try out.

Not only did they offer to send me the Sea Spray,

they told me to select 2 colors of paint to use with the Sea Spray.

That sounded like an easy task until I looked at all the fun colors on their website.

 I chose Barn Red and Fluff with this old bench in mind.

One of the benefits of the Dixie Belle paints is that you don't need to prep the surface of what you're painting so all I did was wipe down the bench.

I poured a bit of the red paint in a can and mixed in a bit of the powder until I thought I had the right consistency.


I determined the right consistency by watching this YouTube video.

The first coat of paint, with the additive is "gloppy".

The old me would stop right here with the red bench, but I'm leaning toward white with color accents these days so, this is just the bench after the Sea Spray and paint combo.

You can see here that the bench is still gloppy after the second coat is applied.

I used our electric palm sander to bring out the color of the under coat.

And here's the finished bench sitting in the garden.

So, what's my verdict about Dixie Belle Paint and Sea Spray?

The paint and the additive were easy to mix & apply, the clean up was quick and there are lots of fun colors - I will definitely use the products again.

But next time, I will use white as the undercoat like I did on this table and the stool below which were painted with a different paint and additive.

Thanks Dixie Belle Paint Company for exposing me to your fun products.

Check out Dixie Belle Paint Company here.

Check out #dixiebellepaint to see projects people have shared on Instagram.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back on Track

I feel like I have been absent from the blog world for ages.

For 14 months, I worked on my 50th high school reunion and finally, last weekend, we met up in San Clemente.

One of my classmates lives in a gated community next to the spot where President Nixon had his Western White House.

We called it a "Grass Roots Reunion" because we did not hire a reunion company, but instead a large committee created a magical weekend.

One of our classmates collects vintage cars so he and his wife drove 2 of them to the reunion as part of the "decorations" - designing the 66 logos was one of my tasks.

Another classmates is a professional artist (if you live in the Omaha area, he owns and operates the Haunted House) and he did caricatures throughout the 3 days of the reunion- my co-chair and I posed for him at the Friday night party

on the deck of the home of another classmate.

I won't bore you with the hundreds of photos that are posted on our class Facebook page, but I wanted to show you this group photo.

That's me in the blue sweater standing behind 3 of our former teachers - the man on the left started teaching at our high school the year we were born!

This isn't the best shot of me, but it epitomizes the weekend - lots of laughter, a few tears and so many fun memories evoked.

We are back at home and I am busy with a few fall projects

and changing vignettes all around the house.

There are no more banners to make, emails to read or phone calls to make so I have time to move things around the house.

It's good to be back on track!

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Join me at Poofing the Pillows for Thoughts of Home Thursday

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Welcome to Share Your Cup #216

Welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short), the party where you share what makes you happy - it's what your hosts call "filling your cup".

If this is your first visit, we are glad to have you and a big THANK YOU to those of you who are so sweet to link up on a regular basis - YOU make this party great!

Each week we share what your hosts have been up to.

Please keep Jo in your thoughts and prayers as she takes the month of September off to recuperate from surgery.

Jann shared her love for primitive in A Primitive Style Mantel

and tried her hand at being a minimalist in A Simplified Fall Table.

After 14 months of planning my 50th high school reunion, I am back home from San Clemente (without my voice) and ready to get back to blogging.

And now, let's look at the features from SYC #215.

The clever and creative Connie of Crafty Home Cottage painted the perfect sign for her cottage kitchen.

Lori from Dining Delight shared her Fall Mantel that makes her entire room warm and cozy.

I love the creative Pinecone Sunflower Wreath shared by Donna of Modern on Monticello.

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction made a whimsical scarecrow out of a plastic pumpkin and a vintage milk can.

From Lulu's Musings we see the gorgeous hydrangeas she plucked from her garden to create a lovely tablescape.

Mary from Spreading Good Tastes shared her recipe for Cabbage Roll in a Bowl of Soup - great for fall evenings.

Now it's your turn to share and don't forget to grab the button if you were featured.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Welcome to SYC #215

Welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short), the party where you share what makes you happy - it's what your hosts call "filling your cup"

There were so many great posts this week, but before we look at my favorites, let's see what your hosts have been up to.

Jann created a Neutral Fall Mantel 

and she drove 10 hours for a Piece of Pie.

Jo is on a blogging break and I'm sure she is creating up a storm to share with us soon.

In these Last Days of Summer I had fun creating a headboard from our recently replaced mullioned windows.

I am the co-chair of my upcoming 50th high school reunion (in charge of decorations) and I'm Sorry to say that I have been a bad blogging friend (no time to read), but that will change as soon as we get home from a stay at this cute little inn.

  Despite my crazy days, I made the time to read every single link so let's check out my favorites.

I love this shot of fall leaves and you must check out the Plum and Gold Tablescape set by Jan of Just Jan Blog.

Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles shared a great tutorial on How to Make a Fall Wreath.

Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul and Miss Merri Mac really got around this summer - just look at the gorgeous home Sarah visited in Cape Cod.

Robin of Redo It Yourself Inspirations did a fantastic renovation of a very outdated dresser.

Mary Jo of Master "Pieces" of my Life shared a bunch of fun fall vignettes.

Sherri of To Simply Inspire always shares tasty and healthy recipes and I can't wait to try this Cinnamon Applesauce Bread.

Now it's your turn to share and remember to grab our button if you were featured.